January 19, 2017 TO: FROM: SUBJECT:
President-elect Donald Trump Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Transition Chairman Transition Accomplishments Summary
It has been an honor to serve as Transition Chairman, and I am thankful for the truly exceptional work that Governor Christie and his team did in the pre-Election phase to position us to transition. The team that is in place, and the process that we have developed and executed establishes a new standard for future transitions. The hallmark and overarching purpose of any presidential transition is to facilitate the peaceful transition of power by preparing to install new leadership throughout the Executive Branch. Trump for America, Inc. has operated since the summer to accomplish this end, and I am pleased to report that the Transition has accomplished its intended goals ahead of schedule, and well under budget. The Transition has been run efficiently and effectively and has achieved its objective of positioning the incoming Administration to avoid any delay in implementing our agenda on Day One, as well as the first 100/200 days. The following are reports summarizing the accomplishments of each Transition unit:
Presidential Appointments: - The Presidential Appointments team conducted approximately 170 interviews prior to the Election all across the country of former office holders, prospective candidates and campaign senior advisors. Insight was gathered from some of the key conservative voices in the Republican Party. - Tiger team interviews of senior candidates since the Election will exceed 200 people — these interviews are in addition to the Executive Committee – and President-elect -level interviews – that have occurred with all Cabinet members and many Senior White House staff, and Deputy Secretary posts. - Over 86,882 resumes have been submitted to the Transition from citizens eager to serve from all across the country, and over 4,000 candidate referrals have been received from the Executive Committee, members of Congress, trade organizations, transition personnel, friends of the Transition, and secretary designees. All of these submissions from across the country have been logged and merged over to the permanent White House PPO system that will operate within the Executive Office of the President on January 20, 2017. - On the eve of the Inauguration, 536-Day One-beachhead team members have been identified to join the various federal agencies on January 20, 2017, as Donald J. Trump is sworn in as President of the United States.
Office of Legislative Affairs/Confirmations: - Recruited and organized 90 volunteers to create and execute a confirmation strategy designed for 27 publicly announced Senate confirmed nominees. - Designees attended 373 visits with Senators. - Pioneered database for compiling and tracking over 735 personnel recommendations from members of Congress. - Created tracking system for all Office of Legislative Affairs contacts with the Senate, amassing 1,311 meeting entries and over 260 Senate tweets. - Coordinated the responses to thousands of Questions for the Record (QFRs), including at least 1,151 questions alone for State Secretary designee Tillerson. - Designed and executed a robust mock hearing process for all Cabinet-level designees, including: o Nearly 46 Mock Hearings or informal roundtable sessions. o ~5,670 questions asked across all mock hearings. o On average, 123 questions per each hearing. o Nearly 92 hours of total mock hearing time, as well as 46 hours of pre- and post-hearing review. o 414 “Senators” – volunteers who thus far have sat behind our dais.
Communications: - The Presidential Transition Communications (PTC) team developed a 73-day plan prior to the Election and has worked to execute that plan. - For the first time, the PTC designed and assembled a Media Sherpa support system for each nominee, ensuring quick response to incoming media inquiries. Comprised of over 25 experienced and highly qualified communication experts, the Media Sh